When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
Mozzeria, newcomers to the Outside Lands lineup, will bring their 25-foot trolley, a restored mobile San Francisco cable car with a wood-fired oven, to Bluxome Street Winery for a Pinot, Pizza and Funk party. Local funk favorite Tortoise and the Pimps will perform while guests enjoy a special menu of Neapolitan pizzas and wine pairings! A ticket includes entry, one personal pizza and two glasses of wine; tickets are $40 per person. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $45.More
The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
The big-screen release of a new mood-enhancing Hayao Miyazaki film (such as this weeks Ponyo) is big news to the growing cadre of Japanese animation aficionados, who usually rely on DVD for their fix. Since the short-lived anime screening room in the bowels of the Metreon, there hasnt been a venue in town offering a consistent, communal alternative to home video. VIZ Cinema, a classy and intimate 143-seat theater showing Japanese films and anime, aims to fill that vital void. The downstairs venue is part of the Japanese pop-culture emporium New People, which opens Aug. 15 with a bevy of specialty shops offering clothes, art, and accessories. VIZ Cinema breaks the seal with the local premiere of the first entry in Yukihiko Tsutsumis 20th Century Boys trilogy. Beginning of the End plays for two weeks (Aug. 15-27), overlapping with the second chapter, The Last Hope (Aug. 21-28), and peaking with the U.S. premiere of Redemption (Aug. 28-Sept. 3). And what about all the patient anime fans? You shall be rewarded with the first screenings on these shores of Bleach the Movie: The Diamond Dust Rebellion (Aug. 18 and 19). Hello Kitty is so, so yesterday.
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